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on a day when chris dodd, byron dorgan said they are not seeking re-election, we take you to the white house and initial reaction from robert gibbs. >> i think the retire -- how do you think it will affect the president's agenda? >> it is hard to look into the crystal ball 11 months from election day. there's retirement on both sides of the aisle. the senate, they will be the same in the house. let the political season play out over the course of the next 11 months. >> i want to ask about terrorism. we know from what the president said yesterday, initial "u.s. news & world report" leased soon. >> released tomorrow. >> it will be an unclassified version of what john brennan
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gives to the president. >> do you have a rough time on that? >> sometime early afternoon. our hope is -- sorry. to bring john down here and go through it. >> president also said he will be announcing more steps on passenger screening and intelligence. expect that this week? >> i will check on that part of the schedule. whether that's part of tomorrow's information. i do expect at least beginning part of that to happen tomorrow. >> okay. >> what i'm getting at there is can you give us a sense of how this is all going to finish? will there be a final review and president will speak again? how will this work? >> the president will -- if i was clear the president will make a statement about this tomorrow. that review will be released, unclassified version, released publicly and we will have john and probably secretary in tan
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owe to discuss their view of detection capabilities tomorrow here at the white house. i anticipate that the president and john will continue to look at the situation and evaluate it over the coming months. the review will simply identify and make recommendations as to what was lacking and what needs to be strengthened. the review process will be a dynamic one where the president and john will continue to ensure that agencies are implementing their plans for correcting what was identified in each of those reviews. i will say in yesterday's meeting, each agency and department took responsibility for their aspect of that systemic failure and each outlined what they had
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identified as initial shortcomings and ideas for changing those. the president will be anxious to watch that and john will watch that and follow up with each of the agencies as this transpires. >> i wanted to clarify something and ask a question. you said the review will be released tomorrow. >> yes. >> okay. and going become to senator dodd, how do you think it is going to affect financial regulatory reform, the push has been a leader in that, and reaction on wall street since stocks have gone up? >> i think senator dodd has been a passionate advocate for ensuring we have rules in place so that what happened on wall street doesn't happen again. that we have strong consumer financial protections and i -- i
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think senator dodd will continue to work on that with his committee throughout this process. >> more of a lame duck? loss of a passionate advocate. >> look, i -- knowing senator dodd and the passion advocate he is, i think he will continue to work hard and want to get this done by the end of the year so that the president does, too. >> the president last year said that by the end of 2009 for iran to begin showing some compliance with international agencies and comes to its nuclear program, has there been any -- if not -- >> movement? >> by iranians that we don't know about and if not, what's the next step? >> well, the next step is
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ongoing and that's working with our partners. in looking at the next steps to hold iran accountable. we have said that -- made clear throughout this process that they should act and demonstrate living up to their responsibilities. the failure to act would result in consequences and we are in the process of, as you heard the president discuss, developing what those consequences will with the international partners. you know, i would say that -- you heard the president speak on this now. both in oslo and over the christmas break, that you know, we noticed continued divisions within iran. including much greater calls for the universal rights and universal values.
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and we are watching this closely as well. >> should we expect that when the united nations reconvenes the united states will push for economic sanctions that they have threatened? >> i think that working with our partners and working throughout the international community, we will take steps and develop what those consequences are and move those forward. >> when do you want to reconvene? >> i don't know the exact date that will be. understanding we have begun and have begun even before the end of the year. initial discussions both within the administration on what can be done and as well as with our international partners. >> i want to follow up on a comb the president made on one of the interviews the president gave right before hawaii. i forget whether it was npr or pbs. he was asked about the fact that the minority in the senate has required the closure, i believe, more than ever before. and what he thought should be
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done about it. there are -- measures that would require a change of the rules would be one -- require 67 -- don't have. one on reversing the nuclear option which might cause serious damage to the senate. the other is a bill offered by senator harkin which would have some sort of sliding scale of closure. is there going dashes especially with the facing of the prospect of losing seats in the senate in 2010 or at the very least a wash, but certainly nobody -- is this any consideration or any support by the president for any of the measures to change the rules so that he can have easier time getting the agenda going? >> i have not heard of any discussion. i will check with the legislative affairs. i have not heard discussion here about support for changing those
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rules. i know -- senator harkin's bill has been talked about for some time going back to some judicial disputes that were had. not too long ago. dick, i think the president's overriding frustration has be been -- i mentioned this yesterday in dealing with personnel announcements. it is not simply that you see tactics purely to delay, purely to watch the clock wind around and around. but they don't even appear to be philosophical. when something gets filibustered and we take 30 hours to debate it, and then the ultimate vote is 88-10, is the -- was the filibuster predicated on anything else other than watching the clock wind around? was it -- it is not a philosophical argument.
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it is just an argument, i suppose, hear people talk in order to delay the passage of vital legislation for the american people. i think the president -- i think the american people will be frustrated and are frustrated by the lack of not get anything done just to hear somebody talk. >> well, would the activists want you something to do something about it? are you going to? >> like i said, i have not heard anything about changing the rules. >> yesterday the president talked about red flags. bits and pieces of information that the intelligence -- >> robert gibbs announced that the intelligence review from john brennan, review of what went down on christmas day will be coming tomorrow. there will be a briefing at the white house early tomorrow afternoon on that. also, saying that there is no hard deadline on iran's sanctions and expressing what you expect the white house's
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sorrow about the decision, retirement decision from chris dodd. of course, there are a lot of suggestions that the white house pushed chris dodd because of his falling poll numbers to decide not to seek re-election. joining us now, chris alyssa from "the washington post." the fix blog who of course first broke the story late last night and early this morning. and our own white house correspondent savannah guthrie. thanks for being with us both. chris, first of all, what's your information on what role the white house played? we know the president went in october and campaigned and helped raise money for chris dodd. the vice president was this several times. they saw the poll numbers. rahm emanuel knows this game better than anyone. was there a strong suggestion to chris dodd that for the good of the party, he should decide to step down. >> andrea, you are right about everything you have just said. the white house is filled with political operatives that saw the writing on the wall here and privately acknowledged that they would be better off with someone like a richard bloomenthal
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rather than chris dodd. i haven't had anyone tell mo the white house actively went to chris dodd and said if they tried to deal with new york governor david paterson and said you need to get out of this race. chris dodd is in many ways political emence in within the democratic party. form he has been in the senate for three decades. his father served in the senate. very close friend as he mentioned his announcement thing with the late senator ted kennedy. so he's not the sort of person who you can necessarily push out of a race. the white house tried to do everything that they could to give dodd the best chance to come back. as you mentioned the president was up there, joe biden, the vice president was up there. multiple times raising money for chris dodd. i think at the end of the day he looked at the polling and thought maybe i can win this race but it is going to be absolutely very, very difficult. and it is more likely than not you wind up losing and now is the time for me to go. >> and in his comments savannah guthrie he spoke emotionally about the loss of his beloved
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sister, loss of ted kennedy, his own prostate cancer, and this is what he had to say about his own role and how he came to terms with that. christmas eve and then again going to arlington after that critical vote on health care. let's watch. >> none of us is irreplaceable. none of us are indispensablindi. owes this think otherwise are dangerous. >> of course, savannah, this does seem like the passing of a subsequent ration. the white-haired veteran senator, former house member as alyssa was saying a national democratic chairman. stepping down after a fateful decision to run for presidency and move his family to iowa. that had an impact. >> no question about it. i think i agree with chris. this does not seem like an occasion the white house was heavy-handed and pushed dodd out of the race but the realities were as clear to dodd as they were to everyone else that this was going to be a very tough race. frankly, senior officials say today request all of the
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retirements the spin they put on it was well, now we can feel t bet -- field better candidates. in colorado they argued -- in colorado, the governor, bill ritter, was argued to me this is somebody that's always had problem was democratic constituencies. not being the traditional democrat having problem was the labor, that sort of thing. their argument is well, now we can go forward and hopefully feel field better candidates. dorgan retirement is the problem. >> dorgan retirement which took everyone by surprise. he probably could have won the re-election although he was challenged. that's a seat they are likely to lose. savannah guthrie, chris alyssa, thanks very much. can republicans capitalize on the democratic retirements in november's midterm elections? joining us now is michael steele. thanks so much. the author of the new book "right now a 12-step program for defeating the obama agenda."
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congratulations on the book. >> thank you. >> thank you for joining us. let's ask, first of all, about the impact of these retirements. you still have six senate democrats who are retiring compared to two. up to six senate republicans retiring compared to two senate democrats. you still are facing a deficit and you have 11 seats to try to capture in order to have controlling authority there. >> yes. >> 60 votes. >> yes. i think that's exactly right. that's the lay of the land now. on the first point with respect to dodd's retirement, i think it is along with dorgan and ritter and others that the switch of congressman. christmas time, are all indices for me in terms of the mood of the public. the public is the one that's driving it. they are sending messages back to the elected officials that said i have watched your behavior over the course of the spring, summer and fall. now winter of this year. and we are not liking it.
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and the numbers aren't adding up to where they thought they would be. the administration along with the leadership in the house and senate put the members in some peril here. can we capitalize on it n that's my job. that's my goal and absolutely we have to field the candidates and have the message that america is not just wanting to hear but the policies that have been backed up that message. so as -- the spokesperson for the president just noted over the next 11 months, the political theater, the -- the shakes pier an aspects of the election cycle are going to get played out. the republican party, however, will be engaged as we were in new jersey and in virginia to make sure our candidates are well prepared to address the concerns of the american people. >> you wrote a whole book about -- 12-step program for overcoming the obama administration now. yes, you told shon hannity last week if i have this quote right, when asked about whether you can retake the house, you told him
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that you are not sure they can take back the house. you raised the question if your party is ready for it. why so negative? >> no. you know, yes, i am part chair leader but i'm also part pragmatist and certainly honest. and the goal is, i wasn't trying to be negative. i was trying to be very, very positive ask honest in saying we are still building up the process. woe still have races where we have candidates who are deciding whether or not they are going to rub, whether from the house to the senate or senate to governor. so there are a lot of moving pieces here. i can't definitively say we will take back the house, senate and all the governorships next year, this fall. what i can say we will be competitive and we will compete and the nrcc and nrsc and the rga, republican governor association. all of those will be on the ground helping our candidates get did -- i think the empowering message of ownership and opportunity versus government control and bureaucracy. >> one of the things you say in your book is that national
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security should not be a game for scoring political points. yes, we heard the criticism from the vice president cheney and we heard from john boehner, from all of the other republicans that have been very vociferous today again liz cheney putting out a statement saying the president is weakening america. do you agree with these critics, the cheneys, father and daughter, fly in the face of what you suggest in your book? >> no, i don't think it does. you know, when you go back and compare what those individuals are saying in the context of the president's decision on gitmo, president's handling of the december, you know, issue with the terrorists there, versus what the left was saying and doing with bush over the last eight years of his term, there's a contrast here. those were political points. just thoeg bombs to be throwing bombs. hateful language and hateful terms. these are constructive analyses or appreciations or lack thereof what the president is trying to
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do in engaging a debate of which direction we are going to go in now. why did it take ten days to respond to something that everyone in washington knew the dots weren't connected to? >> whoa, whoa, whoa. he responded within three days and far -- >> i'm talking more specifically. i'm talking -- you want to compare it that way, that's fine. i'm talking about the speech he gave yesterday -- two days ago -- >> a -- >> that was more appropriate for the moment within those three days. because given what he said yesterday, nothing really materially was different from what -- >> mr. steele, you point out in your book, you said in contrast to the democrats' you cannily and personal attacks oar the last eight years, republicans are going to challenge this president of class, respecting both his dignity and our own. in your book, gearing up the whole issue of his sending his daughters to private school. you say he sends his daughters to sidwell friends, harvard of washington's public schools where tuition is $300,000 per
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school -- >> no, $30,000. >> excuse me. type o typo. you point out why doesn't he send them to public schools? is it appropriate to take on the president's decision? other presidents sent their kids to private schools. >> when as most democrats and left the have done is touted public education and funding and all of the resources that bee pour into these institutions time and year and year out, you would think that they would support them that way. this was the core point of my section there. was that -- the high school had opportunity scholarships for -- empowered minority students, particularly poor, underprivileged kids to go to that school. that cut that funding and so -- why would you cut funding to allow kids to go to a carroll high school where i graduateded from in washington, d.c., to go to a sidwell friends where his
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kids go to, and not -- and not recognize what that opportunity means to them. that was the point of that. if you read through the rest of that, i make that comparison. you can on the one hand say you are for education and want to empower kids and education and then cut off very funding they need to get it. >> sarah palin, how come she's not even a big part of your book? chris matthews was showing last night, ignored sarah palin. how can you ignore sarah palin? >> you guys killed me with that. no, i did not ignore sarah palin. this was not a balk about sarah palin. this isn't a book about -- >> i'll say. she's not even mentioned. >> a whole lot of other people weren't mentioned in the book. the point is -- this is a book to the grassroots of the republican party, conservatives around the country letting them know that we get it. as the national chairman, i get it. i understand where the mistakes were made in the past and we are not going to repeat them. we are going to stay true to our principles and groom and run candidates that will argue the principles as we saw in new jersey and virginia this past
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year. and win elections. >> michael steele on a fairly good day for republicans. better smn days. one of the better days you had. >> andrea, i will take one out of 365 my time. >> any one of us would. thank you very much. michael steele. >> thank you. up next, the war on words over the war on terror. the president's goals. the team said they screwed up and screwup could have been disastrous because the cia failed to connect the dots in the failed christmas day bombing. new video showing a third party crasher walked into the white house through the front door. moments before the president greeted the indian prime minister at that state dinner. l. from geico to allstate saved $373. ( scoffs ) false!
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i will accept the intelligence by its nature isn't perfect but it is increasingly clear that intelligence was not fully analyzed or fully -- i will not tolerate. >> a tough stern president obama rebuking his team after scolding them in the situation room. former adviser to afghanistan. thank you very much. i know you know the turf very well. first of all, what some have described as a goldberg system set up so-called reforms, post 9/11, it is not working. ? we have an oversized cumbersome,
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bloated intelligence community with many, many layers of review. with all kinds of self-doubts about not taking risks, we need to streamline it and need to make it more efficient. the president inherited this and it is quite a mess. it is going to be a difficult to clean up. >> difficult to clean up because once you reopen this, if you reopen the legislation you get nowhere, given the committees combating each other. have you the personalities. dennis blair, director of national intelligence in charge. leon panetta at the cia and the institutional stalemates that take place. how do you fix that? >> very hard things to fix. at the core of it you need to have a sheriff leading the posse. that's what knee need for eight, nine years. someone that's clearly in charge of this. now, that ought to be the dni. if it is -- >> director of national intelligence. >> that's right. admiral blair. sheriffs leading the posse. he needs to have authority and
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budgetary control. he has to decide who is going to get money. he needs to be able to decide who is going to represent him overseas on things like that. our system doesn't do that. >> our system gives the cia some of that authority. some should say the cia should have all of this and not blair. not the dni. where would you put the authority? who should be the sheriff? >> presidents before 9/11 looked to the director of central intel tell generals. it was the go-to guy. >> director of central intelligence. leon panetta. >> that's the person you went to if you had a problem and a success, he's the guy with congratulations. if you have a failure that guy that got chewed out in the situation room or more likely in the oval office, just the two of them, talking about the highly sensitive issues. now we have multiple bureaucracies. bureaucracies on top of a bureaucracies. the idea is that -- the dni and national counter terrorism
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center was going to need a place where it pulleding to. sounds good in theory. it is not working as well as it should in practice. >> what should barack obama do? instead of reopening everything, what can he do just by order command? not even executive order. you, you are the sheriff and report to so-and-so and i want accountability here. can he do that without changing the law? >> it is hard because these are nested bureaucracies with large numbers of people. at the end of the day he has a good team. and he needs to make clear to them what he expects. smarter, more efficient. >> let me ask you about the tragedy for the cia. i know you know the area in afghanistan. you have been there many times. you probably know some of these people that have been killed in this terrible blast. joe scarborough reported on "morning joe" today that this agent was actually arriving and came in through the perimeter and had his hand in his pocket, they were suspicious. he blew everyone up. this's video of this. we were talking just before we
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went on the air, this guy was a triple agent. >> that's right. >> tell me how complicated that is. >> let me just say word of honor to the brave american and jordanian officers that died here. this is a dangerous business and paid the ultimate price. running a triple agent is one of the most complicated intelligence operations that you can do. what this tells us is that the al qaeda core may be under duress because of the drone program but it is far from a spent force. they decided to strike back and struck back very hard right against us. >> the bait was huge. they basically said come on in and everybody, have this summit. i'm going to offer you up zahawari. number two to osama bin laden. was it a mistake for them all to gather in one place? >> certainly you don't together. that's a simple infantryman's rule. the bait was enormous. here it was, an opportunity to go after high-valued target number two and maybe high value
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target number one. we haven't had eyes on those targets in years. so the bait was enormous. the end of the day as tragic as it is, it shows the american and jordanian intelligence services were out there in the field taking the risks to get us what we need to know. >> one more quick question. now we have to look at all of our other assets and worry. they have to worry in the field are they being played who is the turncoat. >> standard counterintelligence now. you look at everything out there and rethink who is who and how can we trust them? >> sets back a lot of programs as well. it is always great to see you. thank you very much. >> thank you. >> coming up, just how will the exits of those three high ranking democrats impact both parties of the midterm elections approach this year? you are watching "andrea mitchell reports." if you haven't been able to quit smoking, you haven't failed, maybe your method of quitting has. but you can do it. you may just need the right tools. clinical guidelines recommend treatment and support
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three stories today along with the president's separate meetings on terrorism and health care. joining us now, editor-in-chief john harris from big day in politics. big stories today. >> sure is. we are all over the retirements and what's even more, the implications of. clearly they are bad for democrats. certainly senator dorgan and north dakota, very, very difficult seat for democrats to keep. dodd might be a silver lining. he was running behind in the polls. lot of democrats, including many in the obama white house eager to give him a push. i think there's a lot of happiness it will be richard blumenthal running in connecticut rather than longtime senator chris dodd. >> let's talk about the terror meetings and what the president is expected to do as we await john brennan's report tomorrow. >> one thing that struck me about the meetings, president obama after being flat-footed on this, some extent maybe the substance over christmas break,
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he's clearly getting out ahead of the story. he's emerging as the most severe critic of the failure to collect not just collect but integrate and analyze intelligence. i was struck by just how -- one hand said the finger pointing must end but he was the one pointing the fingers saying what can we do. failure, i won't tolerate it. >> here we go with ping pong on health care. what's the president going to say to pelosi and the others today? >> he's wrapping up his -- rolling up his sleeve which a lot of democrats have been begging him to do for months. immersed in the nitty-gritty details. his big job is to keep nancy pelosi happy. we saw it in her news conference yesterday. she's not happy. threw a rhetorical elbow at president obama and said he's not pitting atension to lots of the campaign promises. the house democrats are unhappy that this bill clearly if obama gets his way, more like the senate democratic version. he is doing everything he can do get her -- get her support back. >> okay.
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we are joined now by bob shrum, democratic strategist. let's talk about chris dodd. this was part of his emotional announcement earlier today in east hampton, connecticut. >> lost a beloved sister in july. in august, ted kennedy. i battled cancer over the summer. in the midst of all of this, found myself in the toughest political shape of my career. now let me be clear. i'm very aware of my present political standing here at home in connecticut. it is equally clear that any
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certain prediction about an election victory or defeat nearly a year from now would be absurd. >> that was at his home. bob shrum, full disclosure. you were an adviser to chris dodd back in 1998. not since. and no connection at all to byron dorgan in terms of his campaign. let's talk about chris dodd. you can't predict an election but he was way behind. >> well, i think he deserves some credit for being brutally honest about not only the personal things he has gone through but his political situation. i have seen people come back from dire political circumstances. i think that it is very doubtful that he would have. he did the honorable thing here for himself and his family and for his party. i think that the people who have to be very unhappy today are the republicans who are already counting that seat who now, i think, most realistically understand they are going to lose it to state attorney general blumenthal who a year
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from today will be calling senator bl senator blumenthal. >> byron dorgan, he might have faced a tough fight, but that is now most likely going to be a republican seat from north dakota. >> that's right. this is all -- correct, i think all in all republicans would rather have senator dodd for re-election. the wind is at our back between byron dorgan and governor ritter and the member of alabama who switched from democrat to republican. in terms of the recruiting for republicans in the house and senate and gubernatorial, we have candidates we haven't seen before and money starting to come in. when people start to see success, they start to put some of their money behind it. right now the republicans, let's face it, are in much better shape than we thought we would be a year ago. >> bob shrum, how much of this is possibly a reflection on the decline in the president's approval ratings? his own poll numbers have gone down from october. and with that happening, are they getting nervous since all
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senators and members of congress worry about their own survival first? >> yes, sure. some democrats are getting nervous. i think they -- the republicans who had the wind at the back are smoking some of it because the truth is the election isn't held tomorrow. the election is held next november. we ought to be reading the business pages, not the instant political analysis. the business pages tell us the recession has ended and there's every indication that we could see major job growth in the next few months. by next july or august we are going to see a very different situation. what should democrats take from that? they should understand that based on the lesson of 1994, i know susan is very well aware of this, that these so-called blue dog democrats don't in the end succeed in separating themselveses from president obama. they need this economy to recover. i think it will. they need health care to pass. they ned to look like a party that can govern. then i think -- i may be lonely voice on this. i think democrats are going to do a lot better in the midterm elections than the instant
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analysis of today would indicate. >> susan, let me ask you the poll numbers. have you the president at 47% approval in december. the poll compared to 51% in october. is that having an impact on your ability to raise money and recruit candidates and on the decisionmaking by byron dorgan? >> absolutely. there's no doubt about it. a few years ago when we were starting to lock at who the republican candidates were -- assay this painfully as someone that supported mayor giuliani, it was difficult for us to get good numbers to say -- good people that wanted to step up and run for congress. we look at new york which is a state i know well. we have 14 republican members of congress when i was in congress. we are down to two. for years, we have been working the phones trying to get good solid businessmen and women to run. now we have more people wanting to run, putting in their own money and we are starting to see this state by state. absolutely. the numbers can change and the republicans can not take anything for granted. when we were in this window where recruiting and
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fund-raising is really at its ultimate and people starting to make commitments, financially and personally, it is good for the republican party. on the upside -- on the downside when president bush started to see his numbers decrease, the republicans took a hit along with it. there's no doubt that the party in power -- shared with the president of the united states, shares an awful lot of the good times and also a lot of the bad. >> we have to -- >> republicans already -- i was going to say, bob, the republicans have already seen six resignations. democrats, only two. the republicans need 11 switches. but where would you see the senate this time next year? >> i think the senate -- we may lose a couple of seats. i mean, i think it is a little like early 1962 when people were predicting big republican gains and didn't. but i think swre to be very careful about these presidential polling numbers. they are a function of where the economy is right now. in january of 1983, ronald reagan had a 37% job rating.
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democrats were salivating to run against him. in the next election, he carried all but one state. if this economy recovers, you know why don't we read the business pages? why don't we listen -- >> i do read the business pages. >> i know you read -- i know you read them. i mean, the -- we -- we seem to have a separation here that with your we take the instant moment of a polling snapshot and don't look ahead four months, six months, eight months, i think we have to lock ahead six months. if the economy doesn't recover, democrats are going to be in big trouble. if there isn't significant job growth, we are going to lose a lot of seats. but -- if there is, i think there will be, thenner with going to do pretty well and if we pass health care, i think that's going to prove that we actually can govern this country and get something done. >> bob shrum, know you and susan mol fary have been at state dinners and both guests at the white house. let moshe you video of this gentleman that arrivedarrived.
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look at him walking in right before the arrival of the indian prime minister and his wife and the president and first lady coming up. they had been screened apparently by the magnometers at the willard hotel. what's going on here, bob shrum? >> i think it is ridiculous. i assume it has been fixed. you know, i went to five or six of these. you always go through this possibles. even if people recognize you, even if secret service people recognize you, you always go through the process. i think it is more important actually that we fix the intelligence system that broke down on christmas day which has been in place since after 9/11 than we fix this. i think we will fix both. >> susan molinari, we could say it is funny -- >> it is very serious. it could have been a threat. it could be very serious. it could undermine the safety of
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the united states and the way the people feel with regard to the safety of our president. i went to one of the little league bams this the president would hold with two of my kids when they were very small and there was concern about one of my kid's names not being on the list. that's how stringent it was under the bush white house and hopefully it will be going forward. >> bob shrum, when you mentioned -- >> i would blame this on the difference between white house, by the way. i wouldn't blame this on the difference between white houses. i think this is -- was just a slipup. i think it will get fixed. >> what about the national secure issues, though, bob? when we look at what bruce reidel and i were talking about, have you a whole new goldberg structure since 9/11. they took the recommendations of the commission and got scared. congress added more stuff. now you have competing agencies and it is very hard to unwind that. >> i agree with that. i think you have to -- i think the presidents is now engaged in a process of at least trying to
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rationalize it. look, they messed this up. the first couple of days were disaster. i think that what should have happened, they couldn't have done it the first day. they needed more facts. the president could have come out and said look, this system did not work. it has been p place for years. we have been reviewing it and going to speed up the review and change it. he never would have had to mention the bush administration. he shouldn't. he was a certain amount of grace not done that. what we have to do as americans is fix the system so it can't happen again. and i would say to my friends in the aclu we have to get rid of this ridiculous objection to body scanners at airports which would have caught this guy. >> as we are speaking, the president is just now arriving at the podium. he will be speaking on edge indication. we will listen to what he has to say. >> barbara, thank you for the outstanding introduction. i want to acknowledge a few other special guests that we have here.
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first of all, my terrific vice president, mainly because he takes orders from dr. jill biden. dr. jill biden and vice president joe biden are here. somebody -- i have never met somebody more passionate about making sure that young people do well than my secretary of education artie duncan. my -- before i won a nobel peace prize, this guy won it and nobody questioned whether he deserved it or not, my secretary of energy, stephen chu. three wonderful members of congress who devoted a lot of
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energy to tissue of science and math education. i want to acknowledge them. representative bart gordon who is the chairman of the science and technology committee, democrat from tennessee. where's bart? there he is. [ applause ] thank you, bart. representative william lacy clay from the great state of missouri. and his district, home to two teachers who are being honored today. he's very proud of them. and great champion of education, chairman of the education and labor committee, representative george miller of california. we also -- since so many people were inspired in this country originally from our space program to think about math and science in new ways it is terrific to have our nasa administrator and former astronaut charles boldin in the
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house. we have -- dugan, director of darpa. we can thank them from the internet and all kinds of other stuff. please give her a big round of applause. our national science foundation director, ardent demint is here. thank you so much. most importantly, to all the teachers who are here as president, i am just thrilled to welcome you. teachers and mentors, to the white house. because i believe that so strongly in the work that you do and as i mentioned to some of you because i have two girls upstair was math tests coming
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up, i figure that a little extra help from the best of best couldn't hurt. you are going teachers and mentors like barb who are upholding their responsibility not just to the young people they teach but our country by inspiring a new generation in math and science. but we're also here because this responsibility can't be there as long. all of us have a role to play in being an education system that is worthy of our children and ready to help us seize the opportunities and meet the challenges of the 21st century. whether it's improving our health or harnessing clean energy, protecting our security or succeeding in the global economy, our future depends on reaffirming america's role as
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the world's engine of scientific discovery and technological innovation. that leadership tomorrow depends on how we educate our students today, especially in math, science, technology, and engineering. but despite the importance of education in these subjects, we have to admit, we're right now baseball outpaced by others. ranked 21st in science and 25th in math compared to their peers around the world. think about that. 21st and 25th. that's not acceptable. year after year the gap between the number of teachers we have and the number of teachers we need in these areas is widening. the shortfall is projected to climb past a quarter of a million teachers in the next five years. that gap is most pronounced in predominantly poor and minority
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schools. meanwhile other nations are stepping up, a fact that was plain to see when i visited asia at the end of last year. the president of south korea and i were having lunch, and i asked him, what's the biggest education challenge you have? he told me it wasn't budget holes. it wasn't crumbling schools. it was that the parents were too demanding. he's had to import thousands of foreign teachers, because parents insisted on english language training in elementary school. the mayor of shanghai china, a city of over 20 million people, told me that even in such a large city they had no problem recruiting teachers in whatever subject but particularly math and science because teaching is revered and the pay scales are comparable to professions like doctors. so make no mistake, our future is on the line.
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the nation that outeducates us today is going to outcompete us tomorrow. to ten to cede our leadership in education is to cede our leadership in the world. that's not acceptable to me and i know it's not acceptable to any of you. that's why my administration has set a clear goal, to move from the middle to the top of the pack in science education over the next decade. to reach this goal, we've paid particular attention to how we can better prepare and support, reward and retain good teachers. so the recovery act included the largest investment in education by the federal government in history, while preventing more than 300,000 teachers and schoolworkers from being fired because of state budget short falls. the department of education will be announcing an additional $10 million in grants for innovative programs to train new teachers, whether a young person embarking on his or her first career or
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scientist and engineer starting his or her second. and under the outstanding leadership of arne duncan, we've launched a $4 billion race to the top fund, one of the largest investments in education reform history. through the race to the top, states are competing for funding and producing the most innovative programs in science and math will be an advantage in this competition, as will allowing scientists and statisticians and engineers to more easily become teachers. we want states and school districts to start being more creative about how they can attract more science and math teachers. we're also pursuing reforms to better serve america's math and science teachers so ayatollah each and every one can be as effective as the educators we honor today. so we're challenging states to raise standards, to use data to better inform decisions, to recruit and retain more good teachers and to promote stronger
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curricula that encourage young people to not only learn the facts in a textbook but to explore and discover the world around them. as important as this will be, the success we seek is not going to be attained by government alone. that's why i've challenged the scientific community to think of new and creative ways to engage young people in their fields. that's why we launched educate to innovate campaign, a nationwide effort by citizens not for profits, universities and companies from across america to help us move to the top of the pack in math and science education. today we're expanding this campaign. several new public-private partnerships are going to offer additional training to more than 100,000 teachers and prepare more than 10,000 new teachers in the next five years alone. and through the partnerships we're announcing today support for educate to innovate campaign has doubled to more than half a
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billion dollars in private funding. that's a figure that we only expect to grow. to help educators already in the classroom, intel is launch ag ten-year, $200 million campaign to train math and science teachers in all 50 states to better use new technologies in their lesson plans. >> president obama speaking on education and science and awards to outstanding teachers on a busy day in washington. that does is for me this hour. i'm andrea mitchell. contessa brewer picks up our coverage from here. straightforward is the way td ameritrade does business. simple, fair pricing. no hidden account fees. no shenanigans. just good value. real help. smart people who are easy to work with. that's what td ameritrade stands for. what does your investment firm stand for? it's time for fresh thinking. it's time for td ameritrade.
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